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Analysis Date: June 20, 2003
CAP Score: 74 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 0.47
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(2003), (PG-13) -- I guess art has left the big screen.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Franchise Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Bros
Director(s): Rob Reiner
Producer(s): Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Alan Greisman, Peter Guber, James A. Holt, Jeremy Leven, Rob Reiner, Elie Samaha, Tracee Stanley, Jeffrey Stott, Steve Tisch
Written by/Screenplay: Jeremy Leven, Adam Scheinman, Andrew Scheinman, Rob Reiner
Cinematography/Camera: Gavin Finney
Music: Michelle Branch, Marc Shaiman
Film Editing: Alan Edward Bell, Robert Leighton
Casting: Janet Hirshenson, Jane Jenkins
Production Design: John Larena
Art Direction: Helen Harwell
Viewed At: Drftwood Theater 6
I wonder if ever movie writers will be able to write a romance without sex? They used to be able to do so. It takes a really good writer to be able to write a good movie without it. I guess art has left the big screen.
Alex Sheldon (Luke Wilson) is a writer. He is a writer with a debt. A gambling debt. And the Cubans to whom he owes $100,000 visit him to collect their money. Alex does not have it. He will ... as soon as he writes the manuscript for his second book. Publisher Wirschafter (Rob Reiner) is ready to hand Alex a $125,000 check when Alex hands him the manuscript for his next book. But Alex is suffering writer's block. Even the threats of being killed by the hoods wanting their $100,000 doesn't seem to give Alex enough incentive to write. They hang him out the window by his ankles (twice), torch his computer, trash his spartan apartment and give him 30 days to come up with the $100,000 or they will kill him. So, Alex has 30 days to come up with a manuscript and $100,000 or die.
Realizing he must get started and do so fast, and do so without a word processor, Alex hires stenographer Emma Dinsmore (Kate Hudson) and tries to get the creative juices flowing. Once he gets started, Emma adds more the to flow of the content of the story than Alex. Emma's intimate involvement in typing the book for him leads to intimate involvement in bed with him. Little does Emma know she has placed herself at one of the three corners of a love triangle with Polina Delacroix (Sophie Marceau).
The book is about a gambler named Adam (Luke Wilson) in the early part of the 20th century. The movie bounces back and forth between the two worlds: Alex's drab apartment and the ritzy world Alex is creating in his book. Not only do Alex and Emma end up in bed, so do Adam and Polina (as one of the book characters). And Adam and Anna (Kate Hudson), another book character who is also Ylva, Elsa and Eldora. Adam also watches Polina take a bubble bath. And so do we. We also watch Elsa blow on Adam's crotch to cool the hot water spilled on it. Elsa does so after Adam tells her to do so. [Rev. 21:8] There's more, but I'll leave it up to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section. This movie is a perfect example of the dangers of which we are warned in Ps. 12:8.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Offense to God (O)
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